U.S. Peace Corps Swears in Fifty-Five (55) Health and Agriculture Volunteers

Fifty-five Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) committed to performing two years of service in a swearing-in ceremony at the Morogoro Women Training Center today.  The volunteers, who will work in the health and agriculture sectors, will be stationed in 20 districts across Tanzania.

Country Director for Peace Corps Tanzania, Dr. Nelson Cronyn administered the official oath of service to the new Volunteers in the presence of the guest of honor, Honorable Josephat Sinkamba Kandege, Deputy Minister of Regional Administration and Local Government in the Prime Minister’s office.  Former PCVs from around the world, officials from partner volunteer agencies, and families who hosted volunteers also attended the ceremony.

The Country Director described the swearing-in ceremony as a celebration of volunteers’ commitment to service and the durable partnership between Tanzania and the United States.  “The U.S. Government works across all areas – from governance to economic development to regional security – but the core of everything we do is focused on helping the Tanzanian people.  We do that best at the individual, person-to-person level, and Peace Corps Volunteers and their hosts and counterparts make that vision a reality every day,” he told the audience.

Nearly 3,000 PCVs have served in Tanzania since 1962.  The Peace Corps provides trained American volunteers who work with communities in the fields of secondary education (math, science, and information and communications technology), health promotion, and agriculture.

The Volunteers offer assistance and training on environmental education, including land degradation, preserving water catchments, soil conservation and implementation of agro-forestry techniques, and emphasize partnership with women and youth. Volunteers also offer bio-intensive gardens to promote household food security, as well as a variety of income-generating activities.

The volunteers also help strengthen Tanzania’s public health sector by working with youth, health service providers, and community groups to promote healthy behaviors, including HIV/AIDS prevention, and care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children. The volunteers work closely with village health committees to analyze community needs and priorities and promote behavior change in areas of maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria, waterborne diseases, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

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